Whether they are going for a short course or a full PhD, all students leaving their home country to study in Holland are invited to come to a pre-departure briefing. The Nuffic Neso offices are organising these briefings every year. If you have students coming to Holland you can invite them to join these sessions in various locations.
Nuffic’s director-general Freddy Weima recently went to Rwanda to see several capacity building programmes in action. Mr Weima: “This whole four-day trip has been an eye-opening event for me. I learned a lot about the positive impact our programmes have.”
Mexican students who want to study in Holland can now apply for the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) programme. All Dutch higher education institutions are invited to participate. The OTS programme is an excellent promotion tool for the Mexican student market. The deadline for participation is 1 October.
Social media in Brazil, study-abroad portals in India and the Chinese equivalent of Facebook. The online behaviour of prospective students is a key aspect of the contemporary education markets. For this reason, Nuffic has updated the reports about the preferred web portals and online behaviour of prospective students in Brazil, Russia, India and China.
The central Chinese government sees professional education in the Netherlands as a shining example. It wants the top one hundred Chinese professional education institutions to start collaborating with their Dutch counterparts. To facilitate this collaboration a joint platform on professional education will be launched in Beijing in November.
In anticipation of the 5th European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) and the Dutch Placement Days in Indonesia in October, Nuffic Neso Indonesia has published a factsheet on the city of Surabaya. The factsheet provides Dutch higher education institutions with concise information on the opportunities for promotion and institutional cooperation.
European higher education institutions have the opportunity to promote their graduate programmes to prospective Mexican students at the 10th edition of the EuroPosgrados fair in Puebla, Léon and Monterrey. The fair will take place from 15–19 October and registration is open until 15 August.
The Dutch government has decided to impose € 1.9 in cuts on Nuffic’s global Neso network. This 30%-cutback on the Neso budget will inevitably result in the closure of some of the Nuffic Nesos. Nuffic is highly disappointed about this decision.
Nuffic’s Board of Trustees recently approved the organisation’s 2012 annual report. Nuffic Director-General Freddy Weima: "The report shows that Nuffic is in step with the times and has achieved a lot as an organisation. This is the proof that Nuffic has a relevant role to play for the Netherlands."
Internationalisation in higher education is on the rise in Latin American countries. Peruvian higher education institutions are increasingly interested in starting institutional cooperation with partners abroad. After releasing education market information on Chile and Colombia, Nuffic has now published a factsheet on the education market in Peru.
The first pilot of a doctoral supervision course is already a success. Under the NICHE programme, a consortium of South African universities has developed a course that will serve as an example for other universities in the country.
Experiences, ideas and ambitions were shared and international ties were strengthened. On Saturday 25 May 2013 more than 75 Indonesian students came from all over the Netherlands and gathered at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in The Hague for StuNed Day 2013.
In view of the ongoing development and innovation in the higher education field, the national governments in the Neso countries are continuously evaluating their education systems. Structures are improved and new regulations are implemented. These dynamics are described in Nuffic’s trends and developments reports, including the new reports on India, Korea and Thailand.
Most people think that the Becas Chile scholarship programme is only interesting for studies at research universities in the top 150 of the rankings. Even Chilean students are under that impression. But in fact, as Nuffic learnt, this scholarship programme also offers chances to all other universities as well as universities of applied sciences.
In the third call of the Brazilian Science without Borders (SWB) programme 371 students were granted a scholarship to study in Holland for one year. Nearly half of the students will study at research universities. Fontys, TU/e and the University of Groningen receive the largest groups of students.
In February Nuffic launched the career portal www.careerinholland.nl as an extension of the Holland Alumni network website. Nuffic designed online promotion materials about the portal for institutions to share with their international students. An information session about all these developments will be held in June.
India is an attractive country for Dutch higher education institutions. Many institutions are already active in India and many others plan to become active in the future. For all these institutions it is crucial to keep up to date with the dynamic Indian higher education market. The updated Nuffic market information factsheet provides this information.
On 6 May Mr Shao Wei, secretary-general of the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) and Mr Freddy Weima, director-general of Nuffic signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for further cooperation between the two organisations.
Nuffic was recently invited to speak at a seminar on higher education and international development in Africa. Several case studies presented a varied view on the important role higher education plays in the progress of countries.
The first students from Dutch and Indonesian universities are involved in real-life research projects in Indonesia after the opening of the Living Lab on 16 April. Nuffic introduced the Living Labs concept as an instrument to better position Dutch universities of applied sciences in the Neso target countries and regions.